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Garrison Keillor heads home to the prairie for the last time

This Fourth of July holiday weekend legendary radio personality Garrison Keillor heads home to the prairie for the last time as he retires from his immensely popular radio show.

Keillor has hosted A Prairie Home Companion since the 1970's -  a live traveling variety show that airs weekly on NPR.

The famous radio show has made stops in Michiana. In May of 2015, Keillor and his crew visited Goshen College in large part due to the efforts of Brian Mast, Managing Director of Goshen College Music Center.

“It was very apparent that he wanted to know about this community, what makes Elkhart County special, what makes Goshen special, Mennonites, connecting with the patrons that he was going to talk to. And I could already see the wheels turning in his head about, ‘what am I gonna write, you know for this show, how's this show gonna come together,’” says Mast.

Like probably many people around the country, Mast and his students are anxious to see what the new host of A Prairie Home Companion, Chris Thile, will do with the show.

However, Mast says when Chris is ready they'd love to host him too.

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